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Osheaga 2012: Streetstyle edition

August 11, 2012 - 1:11 pm

Last weekend, throngs of music lovers descended on Montreal for the annual summer music celebration: Osheaga. At Parc Jean-Drapeau audiophiles were dressed to impress for a music lineup that included international artists like Little Dragon, Florence and the Machine, Aloe Blacc, MGMT, Passion Pit and the newly named Snoop Lion (Snoop Dogg). Our favourite Canadian crooners were all there too: Feist, Metric and City and Colour.

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Check out the fashionable femmes I found at this year’s festival.

For more streetstyle snaps, go to TheKit.ca

Groovy Girl
Blogger and photographer Jaclyn Locke’s mullet dress is a fashion fest A+. This one gets extra points thanks to its emerald green and white tie-dye pattern.

Yellow Card
When in doubt grab a colour as hot as the sun: yellow. A perfect base for this warm and fun pattern. Pair it with shorts and your’re ready to rock.

Fringe Fest
Fringe needs no intro: it has automatic cool factor and that hippy-dippy vibe that all festival goers subscribe to. Get your fringe in suede for an extra soft feel and look.

Maximize Your Maxi
Nothing says summer festival like an easy breezy maxi dress. This one is a winner in black cotton, giving you a light yet edgy look.

Do Denim
What makes us happier than watching our favourite bands perform live? The denim trend. Wear your favourite faded blues and wear them proudly.

Bright White
We applaud any trendsetter who wears white, let alone at a jam-packed music festival. Pair it with pastels and it’s a soft statement.

*photos: (c) Glynnis Mapp, FashionTK

Madewell is mad for Alexa Chung

January 20, 2010 - 8:48 pm

According to WWD, Alexa Chung has put pen to paper on a contract with Madewell, the cooler than cool UK brand under the J. Crew umbrella. Fancy that!

The MTV personality is slated to help create an inspired collection à la Chung, come Fall. And it’s no surprise: she has been much-lauded as the British fashion darling to watch, quickly becoming an international style maven and frequenting the front-rows of fashion weeks in New York, London, and Paris.

Born in Privett, Hampshire, Chung was named a fashion personality to watch in 2010 by VOGUE  back in 2008. Talk about fashion forecasting! The former model posed under Elite Model Management, did editorial spreads for ELLE Girl, Cosmo Girl and walked the runway for Vivienne Westwood’s Spring/Summer 2009 show. Looks like she’ll be a perfect fit for the job.

This firm fashion venture is good news for Alexa, who traded her Union Jack for stars and stripes last April, moving to New York to kick off her new MTV show, It’s On with Alexa Chung (billed as the replacement show for TRL). Shortly after, Chung’s show aired its finale episode on December 17 (!!!).While she’s still under contract with MTV, no word on any new talk shows or TV gigs yet. This could be just the ticket for Chung, who by all reports has the whole effortlessly stylish look down to a complete science. Also, Madewell staffers can’t count how many times they’ve seen Chung shopping in-store, civilian style. Maybe she can get a wholesale discount for being the first-ever celebrity face of the brand?

Check out the Madewell website for the evolution!

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Adiós Black, ¡Hola! Brights

January 11, 2010 - 9:09 pm

To kick off 2010, I spent a week–pseudo wintered, if you will–in the Riviera Maya region of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Leaving snow covered streets behind me, I giddily packed my best beach chic: swimsuits, skirts, flowing tops, and shorts. I eagerly awaited the warm temperatures, sandy beaches and bluer than blue skies.

When I touched down and checked in, I took out all of my clothing from my luggage, hung them on hangers in my hotel room closet and began hunkering down on the evening’s first ensemble. As I filed through all of my outfits, however, I noticed a strange pattern (or lack of pattern, as it were).  I realized almost everything I had brought was black. “No matter,” I thought. “Black is classic, it’s foolproof. You simply can’t go wrong with black.” I skipped along Mexico’s sandy shores, swathed in ebony maxi dresses, scarves, and summer jumpers, my eyes veiled with oversized YSL’s, of course, also black. Before long, I started noticing that people were whispering. In Español. Then my sister piped in. 

“Who died?” she asked.

Well actually, no one did. I was confused. Isn’t black always chic? Isn’t that a rhetorical question in fashion? Soon, I started to notice that I wasn’t the only North American beach comber who looked like they were in mourning instead of on vacation. While our Spanish, English, Italian, German, South African, and fellow vacationers from Hong Kong were donned in neons, brights and (!!!) whites, the New Yorkers there and yes, yours truly were swaddled in that old dark standby.

In fashion, we have a tendency to cleave to black as if it were the single most identity defining shade. In some ways, I suppose we’ve allowed it to become just that. We hear and read similar mantra season after season : “Black = chic,” “Black is a staple colour,” “Black is the new black.” While staying in France myself, the most stylish women in Paris (fashion’s beloved ivory tower) taught me by osmosis that black was the absolute surefire thing to have in your wardrobe. Many women and men there wear it frequently, head to toe. To some Parisians, you simply can’t go wrong with black. C’est impossible! But, my copy of ELLE Mexico screams “¡Rojo Tomate!” hailing sexy, sizzling red as the latest colour to wear. Way before the New Year, VOGUE  España proclaimed it “una prueba de tendencias … el todo poderoso rojo.” In other words, watch out LBD.

This season’s Spring 2010 runways showed us beautiful prints and patterns–polka dots, paisley, stripes in every shade and of course fiery, ravishing red–mixed and matched in every way imaginable. This year, I’m shaking off my darker sartorial shadows and throwing on prints that may, or may not go together. And of course, red. I mean, you simply can’t go wrong with red. With fashion week on the way, let’s see how long it takes Fall 2010 and my favourite Parisian fashion icons to persuade me otherwise.

 *photo (left): ELLE Mexico, January 2010
*photo (right): Vogue España, December 2009 

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PARIS FASHION WEEK SS 2010: WRAP UP

October 19, 2009 - 12:39 am

Ah, Paris! The city where global fashion weeks come to rest, season after season. Spring 2010 sprang with bright colours, wacky themes and an overall rebirth that shook the fashion community free of its studded and leathered dark aura. Well, except for those fantastic Isabel Marant studded ankle boots (glorious!)

Here are four favourites from Paris SS/2010:


Say, Quoi!?

Fashion’s design dandy Marc Jacobs interrupted Louis Vuitton from its usual monogrammed mantra and offered a confetti assortment of cuts, colours and creative confusion for Spring 2010.

Sportswear mixed with couture lines and a dash of eclectic ethnic influence (or how else can you describe the fur-topped sandals, reminiscent of Sasquatch? MJ, please forgive me). Add models stomping down the runway in multicoloured afro wigs, looking too similar to Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers perfume dolls and voila: consider us perplexed!

But just because one (me) doesn’t quite understand the artist (Marc Jacobs) and his inspiration of the moment, doesn’t alter the absolute genious of the collection. Whether he’s creating haute or prêt-à-porter collections, Jacobs is truly a couturier when it comes to fabrics and construction (not to mention, he makes me want to wear a fanny-pack like no one else). Jacobs explained the mish-mash of textiles and sartorial genres to Sarah Mower of Style.com as being “about travelers—the movement that came after punk. Then we were thinking about hiking, trekking, and then denim and parkas—city utilitarianism.” 

Yeah … uh, what he said.


Channeling Cowboy 

Who can turn hay into gotta-have-it chic? Leave it to fashion’s haute cowboy Karl Lagerfeld to flip the happy switch on to fashion’s of late demure visage and put smiles on the industry’s sardonic faces (Love you Anna!)

Texas seemed to have descended on the Grand Palais offering ho-down worthy separates in light linen whites and studded leather mules sure to get any girl’s dance card filled, ya darn-tootin.’

While last season’s Chanel shows (both couture and prêt-à-porter) offered an overall luxurious yet still austere outlook on the fashion industry (remember the paper headdresses?) this time around Chanel models kicked off their heels (literally), crooned to the pluck of a banjo and shimmied to the shake of a tambourine avec Lily Allen and then rolled around in the hay with none other than Karl’s male muse Baptiste Giabiconi (yee-haw!)

This season, Lagerfeld helped us remember that fashion can be fun, again.

(insert Kernel Sanders jokes here! HA!)

Back to the Future 

If you could travel to the future, what would fashion look like? Alexander McQueen‘s Spring 2010 ready-to-wear show answered with otherworldly shapes, armor silhouetted mini dresses with crystals and jewels mimicking fish scales: an underwater underworld. McQueen envisioned a humanity afflicted by its own environment with the entire civilization sinking underwater (thank-you melting ice caps).

The inspiration behind the collection was reminiscent of the lost city of Atlantis, models did an uneasy colt trot down the runway in fantastic alien-shaped stilettos (many of them looking like they were taking the model as human host, morphing), dresses designed with digital patterns and space-age coiffed hairstyles that would make any future babe a bit green. The palette was also a sight to behold: earth tones, golds, reptile inspired verts, and mirrored ocean blues kept the collection superbly afloat. Alexander McQueen (need we be surprised?) again managed to brilliantly combine wild imagination, tailoring and technology for a future perfect runway display.

Les Parisiennes 

Sonia Rykiel’s SS/2010 collection was a sartorial skip along the Seine, a stroll down the Champs-Élysées and a waltz down Rue Mouffetard: Paris, Paris, Paris! Je t’aime.

Bright yellows, ceruleans, and very prêt-à-porter blacks and neutrals fortified the collection, with horizontal stripes making an appearance (of course!)

Models sported sheer-and-sexy hoisery and dainty Mary Janes. Bare legs in Springtime? Jamais.

While some critics thought the plastique raincoat was too close to Prada’s some time ago, the collection excelled and offered Sonia Rykiel’s celebrated joie de vivre: smiling, bouncy models with trademark Rykiel frizzy, fluffy laissez-faire coiffs, pulled back effortlessly (a feature that the French seem to have down to a simple science) by a mini beret disks. Mignon!


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